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2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

UNICEF photo of Mauritanian women by Agron Dragaj

UNICEF photo of Mauritanian women by Agron Dragaj

Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development is the focus of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) currently taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 14-24, 2016.

Adopted by all United Nations Member States in September 2015, the  2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals.

Global leaders, NGOs, private sector, and activists are now meeting to discuss how to ensure women and girls are at the forefront of their plans to implement the new 15-year global development roadmap.

Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls is goal #5 of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. Women’s empowerment is recognized as a pre-condition to achieving the SDGs.

  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
  • Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate.
  • Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.
  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.
  • Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws.
  • Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.
  • Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.

As part of a new editorial series, UN Women’s From Where I Stand is capturing the unique and powerful stories of people around the world, to showcase their daily lives and the challenges and how they are bringing about change.

In the image above, Mauritania mothers gather to attend a session on early childhood development. Providing children with a strong foundation of learning and good health is key to sustainable development and economic growth.

As the UN Women Campaign by Memac Ogilvy & Mayer Dubai says, “women shouldn’t suffer from discrimination anymore; women need to be seen as equal.